Smorgasburg LA, the West Coast outpost of the Brooklyn-born food market, became a weekend go-to for Angelenos almost instantly after opening in June 2016. It’s easy to see why: at home in the 5-acre ROW DTLA space just southwest of the Arts District, the fair serves up all the variety of a big pop-up food festival — without all the crowds. In addition to up to 50 food stalls, you'll find a beer garden, artisan vendors, and a few shady picnic areas to enjoy lunch. The market is family-friendly and offers food and drink for almost every palate and diet.
Admission to Smorgasburg LA is free, and the market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A towering parking garage next to ROW DTLA, accessible via Alameda and Central, offers almost 5,000 spaces, free for two hours without validation. Cyclists can bike to Smorgasburg, which hosts a complimentary bike valet and a convenient Metro Bike Share pop-up station. Although there isn’t a train station walkable to ROW DTLA, a few bus routes, including 7th Street’s, stop within a couple of blocks of Smorgasburg and run every few minutes on Sundays.
- Bumblecrumpets: Finish your Sunday lunch with a sweet macaron from Bumblecrumpets —choose from clever flavors-of-the-week like yellow cake, Lucky Charms, and blueberry Pop -Tart.
- Donut Friend: Indulge in vegan versions of your favorite donuts, including a good-enough-for-omnivores strawberry shortcake rendition, complete with non-dairy whipped topping.
- Goa Taco: This stand is home of the paratha taco, where fillings like pork belly and shiitake mushroom are stuffed into a fluffy tortilla-croissant hybrid of a shell.
- Mama Musubi: Hand-held rice balls with toppings like spam and spicy tuna make for the perfect street food.
- Plant Burger: Vegetarians can find refuge from all the meat-centric stalls at Plant Burger, which grills up high-tech vegetarian burgers that look remarkably like the real thing. Pair with crispy sweet potato fries.
- Rooster Republic: Combos of Nashville hot fried chicken and Southern-style sides (coleslaw, mac and cheese) make this booth a favorite for comfort food.
- Shrimp Daddy: Not only is the Garlic Butter Shrimp Pineapple Boat incredibly Instagrammable, it’s also incredibly tasty. This booth gathers a line of hungry patrons before noon, so pop in early to avoid a wait.
- The Jolly Oyster: In addition to super fresh, just-shucked Kamamoto and Jolly oysters, this Smorg seafood booth serves up a scallop ceviche and a sea urchin dish.
- Ugly Drum: It’s tough to walk by the Ugly Drum’s aromatic smoking pit without stopping for a taste of the unbeatable smoked pastrami with all the fixin’s. Make this an early course in your Sunday meal — they’re only open until the smoked meat sells out.
- Beer Garden: A rotating selection of a few draught beers, and red and white wine are on offer at this the cozy beer garden. In an effort to keep Smorgasburg family-friendly, alcoholic beverages cannot be taken into the main market area, but hungry adults may bring food into the beer garden to enjoy with a drink.
- Lade Slush Co: All-natural slushies—in flavors like pink lemonade and pineapple—draw thirsty crowds at Smorgasburg, especially on hot days.
- PopdUp: This all-natural sweetener company sells cute jars of house-peeled, house-brewed, and house-bottled iced tea and juice.
- Stand Coffee: With its straightforward menu, Stand Coffee’s stall remains one of Smorgasburg LA’s most popular first stops for visitors seeking their morning jolt.
- Young Bud: Enjoy a colorful, flower-topped, boba matcha green tea while shopping or scouting out your meal from the market’s popular tea and matcha vendor.
Shopping & Lifestyle
- Hannah Frost Jewelry: Showcasing delicate, handmade pieces that are just trendy enough to appeal to fashionistas and classics alike, Frost’s booth is a standout among the Smorgasburg jewelers.
- HeadBand Apparel: The HeadBand tent features hand-printed original designs applied to neutral-colored tees and tanks for both men and women. All tops sell for about $20.
- Plant Puns: Stock up on some of the tiniest succulents you’ve ever seen, each in pots handpainted with kitschy phrases like “so fresh and so green” or “can’t touch this;” the plants will run you $12-20.
The market is busiest between noon and 1 p.m. each week, so either plan an early trip or wait for the lunchtime crowd to clear to avoid lines. Carry cash to best enjoy Smorgasburg LA; many of the vendors prefer it and a few don’t have credit card capacity at all. Pets are not welcome at the Smorg, so be sure to leave Fido at home for your day of sampling and shopping.